Music Biz 101 & More podcast with Elena Lanza
Music Biz 101 & More podcast with Elena Lanza
WPU Music Biz professor Dave Philp (L), WPU Music Biz student Nick Wakup, Music Biz 101 & More special guest Elena Lanza, and Dr. Stephen Marcone smile after another great music biz show.

Music Biz 101 & More is the only radio show in America that focuses on the business side of the music & entertainment worlds.  Hosted by William Paterson University’s Dr. Stephen Marcone & Professor David Philp, the show airs each Wednesday at 8pm on WPSC-FM, Brave New Radio.

Music Biz 101 & More: The Podcast With Special Guest Independent Radio Pro Elena Lanza

In this episode, Elena Lanza, Independent Club & Radio Professional, shares information about how songs get on the radio. For real.  This is how a song gets on the radio in the real world, with an emphasis on clubs & DJs. Wanna hear it?  Then here ya go:

Music Biz 101 & More podcast
Student co-host and Music Biz 101 & More co-host Dr. Steve Marcone listen to indie radio consultant Elena Lanza talk about getting songs on the radio.

In the beginning, you’ll hear student co-host Nick Wakup talk about his tenure at WPU in the Music Management department and what he took away from his time at the school.

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This is a must-listen if you want to become an artist or manager or work for a record label in the music biz.  We guarantee you’ll learn something or your money back.


At about 4:00, we talk about Aaron Van Duyne, business manager for Kiss, Three Doors Down, and The Dave Matthews Band.

At 4:50, we talk about the pre-nuptial agreement every band should put into place.

At 5:17, we accuse Yoko Ono of breaking up every band in history.

Music Biz 101 & More Marcone, Lanza, Nick
Marcone (left), special guest Elena Lanza, and WPU Music Biz student Nick Wakup.

At around 9:30, we hear about Elena’s journey from assistant to a local Classic Rock radio promotion consultant to Columbia Records and ultimately EMI Records, Astralwerks, and Capitol.

At 12:30, Elena discusses how she created her own department to become the head of dance promotion.

At 13:20, a discussion about a glass ceiling for women in the record and radio biz heats up.

At 15:04, Elena walks us through the process of getting an artist on the radio.

At 15:50, Elena talks about dance music charts and how they are ranked.

At 17:30, remixes for radio & clubs are discussed and how to get the music to the various kinds of DJs.

At 20:30, we talk about in detail how a song gets out, from internal politics at a label to management to all of the moving pieces.

Around 24:00, Elena discusses in detail how Lady Gaga broke with grassroots marketing and club play before radio took over.

At 30:30, our first tweet is read.  Elena answers about how a woman can break into the music biz.

At 32:00, Elena is grilled relentlessly about how 3rd party/independent promoters work, why what they do isn’t payola, and how the money flows.

Music Biz 101 & More Elena Lanza Show Notes #2
The week’s Music Biz 101 & More notes.

Key Lessons about Indie Radio Promotion:

  • Record labels, huge machines, hire based upon genre.
  • For the niche genres, they’ll outsource radio promotion on an as-needed basis for a particular project.
  • Record labels don’t pay per add by station; they pay a “project fee.”
  • The Indie Rep gets $1000-$2000 to work a record at specific radio stations to supplement what the label’s existing radio promo rep is doing.

At around 39:00, the discussion of artists breaking on radio in local markets vs. the conglomeration of radio nationally is discussed.

At 43:00, radio station parodies of current hit songs and copyright law are briefly discussed.

At 44:00ish, we talk about how DIY artists/bands can get their music on the radio.

Around 45:29, 3rd party distribution, i.e. how Macklemore & Lewis broke independently, is discussed.  The idea is a manager will approach a major label and hire their radio promotion department for a record.

Ever heard the word Synergi?  It is discussed in interesting fashion around 48:00.

At 51:57, we talk about how many people listen to terrestrial radio.  Or how many don’t.  And what the general state of radio is today.


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